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Group receives funding boost

Around �100 worth of plants have been stolen from Smawthorne Marsh, Castleford. Smawthorne Marsh Wildlife Group (a group of volunteers) took it upon themselves to tidy the area up as it is often blighted with fly tipping and litter. The group say they're heartbroken by the thefts.

Around �100 worth of plants have been stolen from Smawthorne Marsh, Castleford. Smawthorne Marsh Wildlife Group (a group of volunteers) took it upon themselves to tidy the area up as it is often blighted with fly tipping and litter. The group say they're heartbroken by the thefts.

Volunteers in Castleford have been given a boost in their bid to improve a piece of land blighted by fly tipping.

Smawthorne Marsh, off Pontefract Road, is currently choked with weeds and plagued by rubbish-dumping and vandalism.

Smawthorne Marsh Wildlife Group – set up in 2012 to clean up the land – has received an offer of help from environmental charity Groundwork Wakefield through its X Marks the Spot campaign.

The charity will match up to £4,000 raised through local community fundraising.

The group has been working to improve the site by organising litter picks and managing undergrowth to allow access through the site.

The group’s ambition is to open up access to the area for the local community and schools, to manage the vegetation and create a habitat for the local wildlife.

Andy Hirst, group chairman, said: “This project is for the whole community to come and use and enjoy.

“The goal is for the area to become an educational resource for local schools and groups.

“We need as much support as we can get to help us raise the £4,000 needed to unlock the funding available from the X Marks the Spot Campaign”.

The money will be used to help develop a corner of Smawthorne Marsh into a bird feeding area and community garden.

To help the group reach its £4,000 target to unlock the funding, visit www.groundwork.org.uk/sites/xmarks

 

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